New OET 2 Reading Sub-test structure

New OET 2 Reading Sub-test structure
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The Occupational English Test (OET) has been developed specifically for 12 healthcare professions: Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology, Dentistry, Dietetics, Medicine, Optometry, Podiatry, Radiography, and Veterinary Science. Now Online OET Classes are Also Available

YES!!! The updated Occupational English Test OET 2 will take effect on 9 September 2018.

Continuing on what the new OET 2 structure is going to be all about , let us consider the reading test for OET;- the reading sub test structure has also changed and before becoming apprehensive, REMEMBER:  ‘understanding’ is now the ‘Key’ to assessment. Therefore, it is not more difficult; in fact, it is actually simpler than the earlier OET examinations conducted before the 9th of September 2018.

The update to the way OET 2 results are going to be reported have been made

to provide more detail, for both you and the organizations that recognize OET 2. (healthcare regulatory boards, immigration departments and so on).  By including a numerical score alongside the A to E grade, one is given a more clear and in-depth view of the performance in each individual sub-test.

Authentic, timely guidance like the one Acumen provides for this reading test specifically designed for the healthcare professional will make the new format just as easy to answer and that is what we at Acumen aim to provide: Reading skills for OET.

So, what is going to be updated in the Reading sub-test from September  under the umbrella of the new OET 2 examinations?

The Reading sub-test has been expanded to include new task types such as matching, short-answer questions, and a new broader range of documents, such as policy or procedure documents. Like the old OET test, OET 2 will still be relevant for all the 12 professions and it will still be testing your ability to understand texts and source information from multiple texts (‘skim’ and ‘scan’).

So, what are the new modified OET 2 reading sub test structures’ results features that are being modified?

From September 2018, results for all the four sub-tests that make up OET 2 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) will now be reported on a scale from 0 to 500, alongside the usual OET grades of  (A to E) like in the Listening sub test structure of OET 2.

The updated Reading sub-test will take 60 minutes against the earlier 42 minutes to complete and includes three parts as follows:

Section Duration/ Proforma Task Target for Scoring Rubrics
Part A 15 minutes

Summary Task

Quick reading task. Strictly timed.


3-4 short texts of approximately 650 words related to a single topic are given.

Assessment of ability to source information from multiple texts, to synthesize information in a way that is easy to understand and is meaningful too. Tests the ability to skim and scan material in order to retrieve information quickly.


A summary paragraph is given with about 25-35 blanks in total and the assessment is based on the correct filling in of the missing words.

Part B 45 minutes.

Multiple Choice Questions.


Two long presentation passages of 600-800 words each will be given.

Your ability to read, comprehend,  accurately understand and interpret the given comprehensive texts on health related topics, similar to those found in current academic or professional journals of national and international calibre  is assessed.


You are assessed on the basis of your answering the set of 16-20 multiple choice questions in total based on this text.

TOTAL 60 minutes


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